Michigan Woman Faces Jail Time for Garden Instead of Lawn
Time Magazine is reporting that a Michigan woman has been charged with a misdemeanor offense and faces 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard.
Like many of us, Julie Bass, of Oak Park, enjoys organic vegetables but was looking to save money by planting her own garden. She opted to plant the organized, neatly arranged raised beds in the front yard instead of the back to encourage neighborhood involvement. “We thought it’d be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help,” she said.
It’s her own property and Bass should be able to plant a garden where she chooses, but local authorities have decided otherwise, citing local codes that require front lawns to have “suitable” live plantings.
Perhaps it’s time we all start planting gardens on our front lawns. Then the practice becomes “suitable”, no?